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Small Business Computing: Has Linux Finally Arrived?

May 10, 2004, 21:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Adam Stone)

"Anecdotal evidence suggests that a growing number of small and mid-sized businesses are adopting the Linux operating system, whose symbol is the penguin, the flightless Antarctic fowl. Many companies opt for Linux over competing systems from Microsoft and Unix, citing its reliability and low cost.

"One group that's driving forward with Linux is the PGA Tour, a mid-sized enterprise that organizes 120 golf tournaments a year. In the first quarter of 2000, Steve Evans, vice-president of information systems, replaced a piece of his Windows NT operation with a Linux system. Pleased with its reliability, Evans now uses Linux as the backbone of his mail system, and he's phasing it into other aspects of the IT operation.

"'Even when we had issues with applications, the operating system stayed intact. In the past, we'd have to reboot the entire system,' Evans says. 'We're all challenged to do more with less, and knowing that we can restart an application without restarting the entire operating system is a huge savings in terms of unnecessary down time...'"

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